Aloe vera is a member of the succulent plant species. The moisture content of the aloe vera leaf averages at 95%, which is locked in by a waxy outer coat. Studies have proven that the gel of the aloe vera plant provides the skin with moisture and protects it from drying out at the same time.
Aloe vera leaves secrete a clear gel. When you break off a leaf from the rest of the plant you can apply the gel inside to dry, sunburned or wounded skin.
When used as an ingredient in skin care products, aloe vera works to support the skin's natural moisture balance.